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Update posted by Petronel Nieuwoudt On Jan 15, 2021

We have just received an update from Mark's daughter. The healing in Mark's mouth is doing very well and he has started to regain a tingling sensation on the side of his tongue. This is providing more movement and sensitivity and thus aids with his eating ability. Fantastic news!

Mark has however, developed a nasty infection around the skin graft on his leg. The doctor has taken a swab in order to establish which antibiotics will be the most effective. He is now taking antibiotics every day and redressing the area every day too.

Mark has been advised to rest his leg and keep it elevated to reduce the swelling and help it to heal. This is going to be a long healing process for Mark and his family but thanks to all of your support, it becomes a little easier knowing they are not alone.

Mark and his family would like to thank everyone for their donations and kind messages. Mark reads them all and is very touched by everyone's support.

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Hey Mark. Greetings from Canada. There will always be little hiccups while recovering, but I’m confident you’ll pull through. I truly hope to see you again soon. Beers on me. 🍻 Louis

Louis Grittani

Update posted by Jan 15

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Update posted by Petronel Nieuwoudt On Jan 05, 2021

FANTASTIC NEWS EVERYONE!

On Saturday at 15:31, we received this photo to announce that Mark had been sent home from the hospital exactly 2 weeks after the day of his 13 hour surgery. After consultations with his physio, speech therapist and cardiac specialist to establish whether Mark could cope with simple things at home, the decision was made to discharge him. He still has an extremely long road of recovery ahead as he manages the pain and rehabilitation but what an incredible step forward.

Updates on his recovery and rehabilitation will follow in the coming days. We are so happy to see you home Mark. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and kind messages.


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SO happy to hear this news!!!! Yea!!!!!👏🏼👏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Diana Deblanc

Update posted by Jan 06

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That’s fabulous news, congratulations Mark. Take care of yourself and get well soon 🙏😊

Claire Boult

Update posted by Jan 05

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Update posted by Petronel Nieuwoudt On Jan 01, 2021

A New Year and massive steps forward for Mark and his family.

Whilst on Sunday morning, updates from the hospital revealed that Mark was struggling with his breathing, by the afternoon, he had been taken off the ventilator and remained just on oxygen. The swelling around his neck and leg were still extremely painful but he continued to fight through.

On Monday fantastic news arrived as the doctors decided to move Mark from ICU and into the high care ward. On Tuesday morning, the doctors removed Mark's trachea pipe and he remained only on oxygen.

By Wednesday morning another update daw Mark working with the physio and speach therapist as the exciting decision was made to move him from the high care ward and onto a normal ward!

News Year's Eve brought the news that the plastic surgeon had examined Mark and was very pleased with the healing progress of his mouth and jaw as well as the skin graft on his leg. Bone muscle tissue from Mark's leg was used to replace the cancerous piece of his jaw. How incredible!

The most exciting and emotional part of New Year's Eve was the video message sent from Mark himself. The medical equipment and swollen face, hoarse voice and slight dribble, did nothing to deter from the immense wave of joy at hearing our much loved Mark beginning to speak again.

Although there is still a long road ahead, there is no doubt as to the courage and bravery of this man and his family. To Mark, Marelize, Shannon and Logan, we all hope and wish for a bright, happy and positive 2021 for you all. You are not alone on this journey. Happy New Year, here's to an awesome 2021!

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Update posted by Petronel Nieuwoudt On Dec 26, 2020

Great news everyone! We have just been informed by Mark's family that the doctors are very pleased with his progress. They have removed 2 drain pipes and will continue to remove more over the next few days. He is still in ICU on a ventilator but is strong and fighting.

Mark and his family would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for the many acts of kindness and support. Especially the messages of care and encouragement.

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Big big thoughts for you and your family Mark ! One year ago, I was as volunteer at CFW, and I remember your passion for your job an your determination. Keep your communicating smile and your moral. I send you a lot of positive vibes from FRANCE !!! Corinne

Corinne GUILLEMIN

Update posted by Dec 30

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So glad to see you smiling Mark! Thinking of you, your family and your CFW family during this time! With all the love and support you are getting I’m sure that the road ahead will be a little easier. Hope to see you when I come visit CFW again. Lots of love Nicolene

Nicolene de la Rey

Update posted by Dec 26

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❤️❤️👏🏼👏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼excellent news

Diana Deblanc

Update posted by Dec 26

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Update posted by Petronel Nieuwoudt On Dec 24, 2020

On Saturday 19th December, Mark underwent his 13 hour surgery. At 19:09 his family sent out the message that we had all been waiting for. The surgery was successful and he was on his way to ICU. The next few days were an agonising wait for Marelize, Shannon and Logan as they waited for updates from the hospital. The next day, the doctors called to say that Mark was stable but still under sedation.

By Tuesday evening Mark was beginning to show small signs of consciousness, a small twitch and smile but he remained on a ventilator and other support. On Wednesday morning we received an update to say that Mark was awake and using hand gestures to communicate with the staff. By the afternoon, Marelize, Shannon and Logan were finally able to communicate directly to Mark via video call. Although Mark was unable to speak, he was able to hear and see them. The wait for this moment must have seemed like an eternity.

Today we heard that Mark is still in ICU with a ventilator and other support. The hospital reported that he is strong and fighting hard. He has a long way to go but what may seem like small steps are actually monumental steps in the right direction.

"Once you chose hope, anything is possible.'

Keep fighting Mark, we are all right beside you.

Please continue to keep Mark and his family close in your thoughts and prayers.

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In the states, we have a saying: f&$¥ cancer. The world loves rhinos and those that care for them. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Thinking and praying for you all.

Anonymous

Backed with R2000.00 On Dec 30, 2020

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Get well soon Mark!! There are still too many people that need to be shouted at by you :-) we love you!!!

Michele Burkard

Backed with R10000.00 On Dec 28, 2020

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I spent 3 weeks at Care for Wild last September and loved every minute. You were so interesting to listen to and so dedicated to your job. Wishing you well in your recovery.

Caroline Roman

Backed with R2000.00 On Dec 27, 2020

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Backed with R1000.00 On Dec 27, 2020

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Mark, I work with people that go through this for my job. There is life after this surgery! You can do it. Prayers for you and your family. You were part of one of the most amazing trips of my life. Blessings.

Mindi Ramsey

Backed with R400.00 On Dec 26, 2020

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Thoughts and prayers with you all. 💗

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Backed with R550.00 On Dec 26, 2020

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I hope to see you happy and healthy at CFW one day in our future. Godspeed, Mark!

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